3.7 of 5 (27 votes)

Blencathra - the Saddleback

A leisurely walk (mountain (above 600m)) in national park Lake District in Cumbria, England, about 6.39km (3.97 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:15. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 667m (2188ft)
Loss 662m (2171ft)
Max. Elevation 830m (2723ft)
Elevation (total) 1329m (4359ft)
Start & End
Distance 6.39km
Duration ~3:15
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 28 Aug 2009
Of all the northern fells in the Lakes, Blencathra is undoubtedly one of the finest. There's something for everyone here - an easy and enjoyable hill walk for families, the classic scramble on Sharp Edge for those who like a challenge, and the finest pub the Lakes for when you finish in Threlkeld. This walk starts and finishes in Threlkeld, and takes the walking way up. If you want to do Sharp Edge, ask the bus driver nicely if you can get off near Scales Farm.

Walk Functions


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Walk Map


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From the village, head for the hamlet of Gategill, just northeast. There is a footpath starting opposite the first road junction.
Doddick Farm About 1.38 km (~0.86 miles) from
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From Gategill, a small track takes you underneath the imposing southern face of Blencathra. Don't worry - the route up is easier than it looks from here!
Doddick Fell About 1.14 km (~0.71 miles) from
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From the farm, take the path heading up Doddick Fell. Head west when you get to the top of the ridge.
Hallsfell Top About 0.49 km (~0.3 miles) from
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The official summit of Blencathra! But it's really more of a summit plateau than a pointy top, so have a little wander over to Atkinson Pike and the view down Sharp Edge. Tempting for another day...?
Knowe Crag About 1.53 km (~0.95 miles) from
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To descend, head along the southern edge of the plateau towards Blease Fell. From here you can pick up the track heading towards Blease Farm and continue into Threlkeld.
Back in Threlkeld About 1.85 km (~1.15 miles) from
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The final stage provides the day's biggest challenge - which pub to head for? Opinion is divided among walkers, but either The Salutation Arms or the Horse and Farrier will be able to provide you with a delicious local beer (Jennings). Enjoy!

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